Change the world – one child at a time.

Empower Buffalo’s future leaders and contribute to the city’s renaissance by supporting the BISON Fund—an investment in education that directly impacts over 1,900 children across 77 diverse schools in Western New York.

Why give?

Buffalo is on the verge of a great renaissance; however, our continued success is contingent upon our next generation of leaders.

Supporting BISON is a great investment – perhaps the best investment you can make in our community. Educated communities tend to be healthier, more productive, and more stable. It is because of this that we believe BISON’s mission is as important as ever. We are especially grateful to our supporters who understand the importance of our mission.

With over 90% of our budget directly program-related funding 1,900 children at 77 diverse schools across Western New York, BISON is a unique and quality investment in our city’s future. When you make a gift to the BISON Fund, your dollars go directly to scholarships that help students attend quality and safe schools.

The BISON Fund is proud to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating (4 star) for our efficiency and transparency! This is the 10th consecutive year that BISON has earned this top distinction, validating that our donor dollars directly support our mission of providing tuition assistance to low-income children in a fiscally responsible way. This “exceptional” designation differentiates the BISON Fund from our peers and demonstrates to the public BISON’s commitment to WNY’s future leaders is ingrained in everything we do and represents the top 5% of rated charities nationwide.

The BISON Fund is honored to be a partner of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), a national K-8 scholarship organization. CSF matches contributions to BISON ($1 for every $5 contributed). Gifts to BISON are matched, first by CSF, then by the scholarship families, highly leveraging your investment. Since 1999, CSF has invested nearly $5 million into the WNY community.

Ways to give


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Please make check payable to:
“The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund”

Please mail check to:
The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund
Attn: Clara S. Moran
284 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Stock or wire transfer

Please contact Clara S. Moran at 716.854.0869 or [email protected] to request instructions.

United Way

The BISON Fund is eligible to receive donor designated funds through the United Way. BISON’s code is 1299.

Corporate Giving & Matching Gifts

Besides a direct contribution to fund BISON scholarships, there are several ways to get involved with BISON:

  • Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees. For more information, please inquire with your company. BISON Federal Tax ID#: 16-1477288
  • Sponsor a BISON Scholar outing such as a field trip to a local museum or baseball game
  • Be a fundraising event sponsor
  • Organize a volunteer day for your employees, or
  • Have one of your business executives join a BISON board.

For more information, please contact Clara S. Moran at 716.854.0869 or [email protected]

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by a community of committed donors who are passionate about education. Your donation is tax deductible and every cent of every dollar donated goes directly to helping these children get the education they deserve.

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